April 24, 2024

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The highest paying jobs in Florida that don't require a college degree

With the cost of tuition and fees to attend a public college in the United States soaring, many high schoolers are seeking alternative paths instead of a four-year degree. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported there are more than 1 million fewer students enrolled in college last year. There's several high-paying jobs in the state that don’t require a degree, and some of these occupations earn more than double the average salary of Floridians who graduated college. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.

200 jobs saved after South Florida retailer emerges from bankruptcy

A federal court approved a financial reorganization plan that will allow a Davie-based national watch retailer to emerge from bankruptcy. On Feb. 12, U.S. Federal Judge Scott M. Grossman of the Southern District of Florida in Fort Lauderdale approved the Chapter 11 reorganization plan for Retailing Enterprises LLC, an independent seller of Invicta and Technomarine watches that does business as Invicta Stores. More from the South Florida Business Journal.

Orlando Health confirms 4 measles cases, but there’s no local spread, state officials say

Orlando Health has seen four confirmed measles cases at its Central Florida emergency departments within the past month, the hospital system says, but state officials say there is no outbreak in the Orlando area. One case was in an adult, and three were in children less than 2 years old, said Lisa Maria Garza, a spokesperson for Orlando Health. No other details were released Thursday. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

The St. Pete Grand Prix failed 3 times. Why did the 4th succeed?

When the IndyCar Series returns next week for its March 10 season opener, it will mark the 20th consecutive running of what’s now called the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Of IndyCar’s 17 other races, only one has lasted longer without interruption: the iconic Indianapolis 500 (the 2020 Grand Prix of Long Beach was canceled because of the pandemic). More from the Tampa Bay Times.

FIS CEO touts renewed focus in her second year

As she begins her second year as CEO of Fidelity National Information Services Inc., or FIS, Stephanie Ferris says she believes the Jacksonville-based financial technology company is back on track. “When I stepped in as CEO, we were facing an uncertain economy, a banking crisis, inflation and a market where new capital was scarce,” Ferris said in a Feb. 26 conference call with analysts. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

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A Publix restaurant? Supermarket just opened burrito bowl bars at new Florida stores

Move over, Pub Sub. Publix has quietly gotten into the burrito business by incorporating nacho, burrito and bowl bars in some stores. Customers can idle up to an in-house bar and seating area at the supermarket, most often attached to a Pours outlet that serves up drinks and smoothies, and place their orders. Signs beckon: “Tex-Mex heck yes, made to your liking” and “Built to your taste.”

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Jim McFarland, a fourth-generation shoe cobbler in Lakeland, Florida, never anticipated his trade mending shoes would lead to millions of views on social media. People are captivated by his careful craftsmanship: removing, then stitching and gluing soles on leather footwear.

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